I’ve always admired morning exercisers. I love the idea that you have your workout done first thing and then don’t have to think about it for the rest of the day. The problem is, I hate morning exercise. I need food & coffee in the morning to fuel me and wake me up. Without it, I am grumpy. Add physical exertion into the mix and it’s a recipe for disaster. Ask Tom who has got me up for a few early morning runs. I am miserable and grumpy the entire time.
However, I’m stubborn. I refuse to admit defeat on this morning workout thing because I’m no quitter. So today, I decided to give it another try. Determined to make it work, I looked up blog posts on tips for becoming a morning exerciser and followed each one.
1. Sign up for a class or have a buddy
I wasn’t going to convince anyone else to workout with me at 5:30 a.m. but I signed up for a spin/barre class. That way even if I didn’t show up I’d be charged for the class. Money is a good motivator.
2. Sleep in your workout clothes
When it’s chilly in the morning getting out of your cozy pajamas and changing seems like a monumental task. Therefore, take one of those steps out of the equation and sleep in your workout clothes. I suppose some people may find this uncomfortable but it doesn’t bother me.
3. Have all your gear prepared the night before
Last night I got laid out my barre socks, a pre-workout mix that contains caffeine to perk me up and a homemade protein granola bar to snack on the way to class so I would have some energy in me.
4. Adjust your schedule
You can’t expect to get up at 4:45 a.m. if you go to bed at midnight. So last night I was in bed early. I fell asleep by 9:45 p.m.
5. Set Multiple Alarms
One alarm is easy to shut off and ignore, so multiple alarms is key. I even set mine with messages I hoped would motivate me to get up.
I feel it’s safe to say I did everything I could to make morning exercise easier for myself. But you know what, I still failed at it. My first morning alarm went off this morning and I thought, nope, not today. I shut off all the alarms, rolled over and went right back to sleep. Despite my preparation, sleep is also a very powerful motivator and today it won.
Does this mean I’ve give up on morning exercise forever? No, like I said, I’m stubborn. I will try again but maybe not tomorrow…
The winner for my Minute Rice Ready to Serve Cups has been chosen and it is a fellow blogger! Congratulations Janice (The Fitness Cheerleader).